Lesson’s on LIFE…..

LESSONS ON LIFE

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral:

Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

— Author Unknown

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before you speak: THINK

T—Ask is it True?

H—Ask is it Helpful?

I—Ask is it Inspiring?

N—Ask is it Necessary?

K—Ask is it Kind?

the world would be a lot better place for yourself and others.

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CHANGE… CHANGE Starts with you!

SEVEN THINGS YOU CAN NEVER CHANGE TILL YOU CHANGE

1. You can never Change the way people treat you till you change the way you treat people.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

2. You cannot Change your character until you change your friends.

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

3. You cannot change what you harvest until you change what you sow.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

4. You cannot change the direction of your life until you change the driver.

“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong…” Exodus 23:2

Your life is either driven by the crowd or by your conviction.

5. You cannot change your financial situation until you Change your financial behavior.

“Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.” Proverbs 21:17

Life-style poverty is the bane of many.

6. You cannot change me until you change you.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” Matthew 7:3

7. You cannot change the way you think until you change what you listen to.

“let the wise listen and add to their learning…” Proverbs 23:7

Who you listen to determines what you learn, what you learn determines the information in your head, the information in your heard determines your decisions, and your decisions determine your direction in life…

Change starts with you!

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a Sermon funny….

A visiting minister was very long-winded. Worse, every time he would make a good point during his sermon and a member of the congregation responded with “Amen” or “That’s right, preacher” he would get wound up even more and launch into another lengthy discourse.

Finally, the host pastor started responding to every few sentences with “Amen, Pharaoh!” The guest minister wasn’t sure what that meant, but after several more “Amen, Pharaohs” he finally concluded his very lengthy sermon.

After the service concluded and the congregation had left, the visiting minister turned to his host and asked, “What exactly did you mean when you said “Amen, Pharaoh?”

His host replied, “I was telling you to let my people go!”

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a Parking funny…

Wayne was returning home from a business trip, bags in hand, and slowly making his way to his vehicle in the crowded airport garage. Suddenly a large dark car screeched to a stop in front of Wayne, and the driver pointed menacingly at him. “Get in,” the driver ordered. “I’ll take you to your car.”

Startled, Wayne took a step backward. “Ah…no thanks,” he answered. “I can get there myself.”

“No!” the man barked back as he threw open his passenger side door. “Get in!”

Wayne’s eyes now darted around the garage, hoping to find a security guard.

Just then, the driver’s face softened. “Please,” he said, “I’ve been driving up and down for two hours. I can’t find a space to park, and I want yours.”

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Just a Thought….

OUR LIVES

As we look back over our lives, it is not too difficult to see that what we went through was for a purpose and helped to prepare us for some valuable work in life.  Everything in our lives can help make us of some use in the world.  Each person’s life is like the pattern of a mosaic. Each thing that happens to us is like one tiny stone in the mosaic, and each tiny stone fits into the perfected pattern of the mosaic of our life, which has been designed by God.

— Author Unknown

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Just a thought…

“Remember: what you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else, but what you are, the time you give, the service you render, the tithe and offering you bring to God will be yours forever.”

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Pecans in the Cemetery….

Pecans in the Cemetery

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree
just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a
bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began
dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for
me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the
fence.

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he
passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He
slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you,
one for me. One for you, one for me.” He just knew what it was,
so he jumped back on his bike and rode off.

Now just around the bend he met an old man with a cane,
hobbling along. “Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe
what I heard!  Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing
up the souls.”

The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to
walk.” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the
cemetery.  Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for
me. One for you, one for me…” The old man whispered, “Boy,
you’ve been tellin’ the truth.  Let’s see if we can see the Lord.”
Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence yet were still
unable to see anything.

The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the
fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all.  Now let’s
go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”

They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes
ahead of the boy on the bike!
                                 Author Unknown

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10 Little Christians…..

10 LITTLE CHRISTIANS

10 Little Christians standing in line

1 disliked the preacher, then there were 9

9 little Christians stayed up very late

1 overslept Sunday, then there were 8

8 little Christians on their way to Heaven

1 took the low road and then there were 7

7 little Christians chirping like chicks

1 disliked music, then there were 6

6 little Christians seemed very much alive

but one lost his interest then there was 5

5 little Christians pulling for Heaven’s Shore

but one stopped to rest, then there were 4

4 little Christians each busy as a bee

but one got his feelings hurt, then there were 3

3 little Christians knew not what to do

1 joined the sporty crowd, then there were 2

2 little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done

differed with each other, then there was 1

1 little Christian can’t do much ’tis true;

but brought his friend to Bible study — then there were 2

2 earnest Christians, each won one more

that doubled the number, then there were 4

4 sincere Christians worked early and late

Each won another then there were 8

8 splendid Christians if they doubled as before

In just so many Sundays, we’d have 1,024

In this little jingle, there is a lesson true,

You belong, either to the building-, or to the wrecking-crew!

— Author Unknown

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The Struggles of the Single Life

Jessica Schluter

Sometimes it’s hard for me to write or to get the words out to express exactly what I’m trying to say. Sometimes it’s hard to be vulnerable on social media because for one thing I’m not an incredibly open person with my feelings – especially ones that are hard to talk admit or hard to admit – and for another thing, sharing with the world opens yourself up to criticism and I don’t always deal with that as healthily as I should. I don’t do it for attention or for praise. I share my blogs because I honestly love writing and my deepest desire is to help others who might be struggling with the same things as me. So I get a little vulnerable and open up a little more than usual in this post as I attempt to share my real self.

I’ve been single for nearly a year…

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